Alaric B. Chapin
|Alaric B. Chapin|
June 18, 1847|
Ogdensburg, New York
|Died||November 27, 1924
|Place of burial||Rose City Cemetery, Portland, Oregon|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1864 - 1865|
|Unit||Company G, 142nd New York Volunteer Infantry
169th New York Volunteer Infantry
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
• Second Battle of Fort Fisher
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in Ogdensburg, New York, Chapin enlisted in the Army from Pamelia, New York in February 1864 for a 1-year term.  He was serving in the 142nd New York Volunteer Infantry when his regiment attacked at the head of the Union column against Confederate fortifications at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina on January 15, 1865. Although just 17 years old, Chapin voluntarily advanced at the head of his regiment, and despite heavy hostile fire, he gallantly cut down the enemy palisading, allowing his comrades to breach the fortifications and achieve victory. He was transferred to the 169th New York Infantry in June 1865, and mustered out with his regiment the following month. 
After the war Chapin farmed, worked as a teamster, and raised a family. He was issued his award on December 28, 1914. Chapin died in Portland, Oregon. He is buried in Rose City Cemetery.
Medal of Honor citation
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Alaric B. Chapin, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 15 January 1865, while serving with Company G, 142d New York Infantry, in action at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Private Chapin voluntarily advanced with the head of the column and cut down the palisading.
General Orders: Date of Issue: December 28, 1914
Action Date: January 15, 1865
Company: Company G
Division: 142nd New York Infantry
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- "Alaric B. Chapin". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
- "Medal of Honor citation". Retrieved September 24, 2010.
- "Alaric B. Chapin". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved September 3, 2010.